Over 100 Inmates on Death Row Plead for Pardon in Kano

More than 100 inmates, including individuals on death row, have submitted requests for clemency in various custodial centers across Kano State.

The Controller of the Correctional Service in the state, Suleiman Inuwa, revealed this during a visit by officials of the state Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, led by Chairperson Hajiya Azumi Namadi-Bebeji, to the Maximum Security Custodial Centre in Janguza.

In a statement issued by the NCoS Kano Command spokesman, Musbahu Kofar-Nassarawa, it was disclosed that Inuwa clarified that the applicants for clemency encompass a diverse range of individuals, including those serving life imprisonment, individuals facing serious medical conditions, and elderly inmates, among others.

The influx of requests underscores the significance of the Committee’s role in reviewing cases and recommending pardons or mitigated sentences for deserving individuals.

“Among the inmates, many have already exhausted their appeals, while some are seeking clemency,” he said.

While urging the committee to take note of the appeals, Inuwa applauded the committee’s chairperson for the Ramadan feeding programme at the facility.

“We are happy with the positive result in decongesting the custodial centres,” the controller added.

Responding, the chairperson of the committee, Namadi-Bebeji, said the government would look into their conditions based on the attestation of good conduct while in custody.

“I will present their cases to the Executive Governor of Kano state,” Namadi-Bebeji assured.

She advised the inmates to obey the rules of the custodial centre and learn to be productive to themselves and the society.

She also commended the inmates who memorized the Holy Quran as well as those who got nine credits in the National Examination Council, NECO, and seeking admission into the National Open University of Nigeria.